Ukraine paid Trump lawyer Cohen to arrange White House talks

Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen'paid $400k to set up meeting with Ukrainian President

Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen'paid $400k to set up meeting with Ukrainian President

After the fee was paid to Cohen, he had a substantial meeting with Trump, followed by a photo op.

Michael Volkov, a defense attorney at The Volkov Law Group, sounded a grim note on Cohen's legal prospects after the deal had been struck. Ring of Fire's Farron Cousins discusses this.

Trump and Poroshenko met in the White House last June, with the Ukrainian anti-corruption agency halting an investigation into Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort soon afterwards, reports BBC News.

"The Attorney General's office agrees that if the defendant fulfills these conditions, and taking into account all other factors known to the AG at the time of sentencing, we would recommend that he would receive a sentence of 5 years' probation".

"I plead guilty to a felony". The plea is part of an apparent deal to serve as a potential witness in state and federal probes. He's gonna agree to those lesser charges, not have to go spend any time in prison in exchange for his full cooperation with State and Federal investigators.

Earlier this month, Avenatti released information on Cohen's financial dealings showing that he accepted payments from huge corporations such as AT&T and Novartis that hoped to gain access and garner familiarity to Trump after the 2016 presidential election.

In mid-April the New York Post reported that Cohen once rented Ivanka and Jared Kushners Park Avenue apartment to the Taxi King. NY medallions, valued at over $1 million apiece as recently as 2014, now sell for about $120,000-mostly through bankruptcy and foreclosure sales. During that period of time, he was operating taxis controlled by Cohen, according to people familiar with their relationship.

Cohen, of course, is the one with "a lot of heat on him" right now. At the time, Cohen said the taxes were owed not by him but by Freidman. We don't that yet.

"I can not comment on any speculation regarding what the entry of the plea indicates regarding any case other than my client's", he said.

And I think Michael Cohen is also anxious about everything that this guy knows.

Healy had noted the "serious and egregious nature of the charges", Freidman's exposure to prison time and ties outside NY.

"I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected", he wrote in another email to the Russian contact.

"I have to assume that maybe there was a discussion of doing this", he said of such an arrangement between Cohen and Ukraine.

His lawyers are due in federal court in Manhattan next week for a conference with the judge overseeing review of the evidence seized by the United States in the raid.

There was no indication Trump knew about the payment to Cohen.

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